With Europe and North America’s winter 2021 ski seasons in doubt, Journey Latin America is offering keen skiers the opportunity to get their fix this year – in the Andes.
The operator has created a new ski-focused itinerary tapping into Chile’s growing ski and winter sports sector, with the season running from during the European summer.
Its 12-day Active Chile: Andean skiing and desert adventures trip leads in from £5,811pp, excluding international flights, and features four nights at the country’s Portillo ski resort.
Guests will also spend five nights in the Atacama desert and another two in Chile’s cosmopolitan capital Santiago.
The holiday will operate from July to September to coincide with the ski season, and is available to book for 2021, pending Covid travel restrictions being lifted.
Prices include hotel accommodation, transfers, full-board in Portillo and the Atacama, breakfasts in Santiago, all excursions, lift passes, alcoholic drinks in the Atacama and domestic flights.
International flights start from an additional £762pp.
Portillo is located two hours north-west of Santiago, 2,800 metres above sea level and set against the Andean mountains with views of the striking Laguna del Inca lake.
The resort offers 35 runs catering for all skill levels, and opportunities for off-piste skiing. It is served by 14 lifts, and heli-skiing can also be arranged on request.
Ski trips can be combined with walking, hiking, biking and horseback excursions through the country’s salt flats, with opportunities to explore the volcanic landscape.
David Nichols, Journey Latin America product manager, said: “Chile usually springs to mind as somewhere to go for the southern summer, but there’s plenty to do all year.
"Skiing and winter sports are growing here, and May to October is the best time of year to go north – especially to the spectacular Atacama region where there’s enough to keep active folks busy for a week or more.
"At the other extreme, Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia is full of wildlife thanks to the lack of visitors in winter. We can extend the holiday to include it.”